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The Italian multinational ENI East Africa, one of the oil companies operating in Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin, has complained about delays in granting Right to Land Use (DUAT) permission for an area of 150 hectares reserved for the resettlement of the population affected by the liquefied natural gas processing plant it is going to build in Palma, Cabo Delgado.
ENI East Africa director general Fábio Castiglioni made his concerns known to Cabo Delgado governor Celmira da Silva at a meeting in Pemba last week held to update the government on the progress of natural gas projects in the Rovuma Basin.
Castiglioni said that ENI was finalising tripartite agreements with Anadarko and the Mozambican government aimed at starting the resettlement process of population currently living in the area where the liquefied natural gas plant is to be built.
The new residence area will have conventional housing and social infrastructure including drinking water supply and solar panels electricity.
Castiglioni said that all the equipment needed for the first drilling for the extraction of natural gas would be in place by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
According to the Cabo Delgado governor, all studies, including the marine and terrestrial environmental impact, have been carried out in compliance with the law regulating extractive activity.
At the meeting, Governor Da Silva commended ENI on its determination to safeguard the interests of the population, state and companies involved in the Rovuma Basin natural gas exploration projects, and said that particular attention should be given avoiding any disadvantage to the resettled communities.
The governor promised to work with the relevant authorities to try to speed up the population resettlement process.
ENI’s Castiglioni also announced that, as part of its social responsibility agenda, his company would finance the opening in 2018 of two faculties at the UNILURIO Pemba Complex: a Faculty of Environmental Engineering and a Faculty of Engineering of Renewable Energies.
ENI East Africa has a 70 percent stake in hydrocarbon research and production concession contracts in the Rovuma Basin Area 4 in partnership with ENH (10 percent), GALP (10 percent) and KOGAS (10 percent).
It is also known that ENI has financing agreements with 15 international banks and five credit agencies totalling an estimated US$4.8 billion.
By Óscar LimbomboSource: Diário de Moçambique
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